Local Hospitals Not Seeing Upsurge in COVID-19 Cases

Local hospitals are reporting no increases in COVID-19 cases, as Illinois reaches almost two weeks since entering Phase three of Gov. Pritzker’s five-phase “Restore Illinois” plan on May 29.

“We have not seen a resurgence. In fact, quite the opposite,” said Advocate Health Care spokesperson Lisa Parro.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the incubation period for COVID-19 can be as short as 2 days or as much as 14 days.

According to Parro, both Condell and Good Shepherd hospitals are seeing admissions decrease, in proportion to decreases being reported at the state level.

Data Source: Lake County Health Department, 6-11-2020

According to the Lake County Health Department Coronavirus website, Lake county has had 8,924 positive COVID-19 cases, with 336 deaths. Of those deaths, 233 were deaths in long term care facilities.

“If we all continue to follow guidelines, we can keep those numbers down,” said Hannah Goering, a spokesperson with the Lake County Health Department, “but if we get too relaxed too soon, we will see a spike again.”

Goering reiterated the importance of wearing masks and social distancing to remove risk.

“The state recommends anyone who has attended a protest or rally to get tested 5-7 days afterwards, even if there are no symptoms,” she added.

Research has shown that a significant number of people carry the virus with no symptoms, she said.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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